The Beecroft: The University of Oxford’s Physics building close to completion

Installing fire and security to a state-of-the art University asset

The Beecroft, located in the close to Oxford’s University parks, has been in construction for two years and the building is due to be complete within months. During the build, contractors, builders and the team at Chris Lewis Fire & Security have been working hard to make sure the site is ready for its grand opening. As the physics department’s first new building in 50 years, this project is hugely important to both the university and city. Chris Lewis Fire and Security are proud to be playing a part by designing a high-preforming fire and security system to match to this innovative new building.

Beecroft Physics building Chris Lewis Fire & SecurityThe project

As the project draws closer to completion, we can see how the building is already blending in to the Oxford landscape and will perfectly complement its surroundings as well as Oxford’s other architectural gems.

With five levels beneath ground level and five above, it is a complex and cutting-edge project. It has been designed to meet the demanding needs of the advanced scientific studies that will take place within the building.

The outstanding design has been produced by the architectural firm HawkinsBrown, these architects have worked hard to make the most of the space available, as well as considering its low environmental impact and low carbon footprint.

Costing a total of around £40m. The University is aiming for this building to help the world’s brightest minds develop their scientific research in the best possible environment.

Protecting this valuable asset

Chris Lewis Fire and Security have partnered many times with the University of Oxford in the past, having worked most recently on university buildings including The Blavatnik, St Antony’s College, The Andrew Wiles Building (new Maths institute) and the Weston library. We have been tasked with designing and installing fire and security protection solutions to safeguard the building and its assets. This system will include:

  • Intruder Alarm
  • Access Control
  • Salto handle sets
  • Salto network access control
  • Fire Alarm
  • Disabled WC Alarm
  • Disabled Refuge Alarm
  • Induction Loops

We are currently working on the final details of the fire and security systems and are due to handover within the next few months.

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